Caol Ila is the one distillery on this weblog with over 120 articles on this weblog. I’ve to put in writing ‘articles’ as a result of loads of them comprise multiple bottle.
We’ll add six critiques to that listing right this moment. We strive middle-aged Caol Ila distilled between 2007 and 2014 from totally different bottlers.
Caol Ila 13 yo 2007 (55,6%, The Whisky Alternate 2021, hogshead #320247, 242 btl.)
Nostril: loads of sooty notes, bandages and moist rocks. Additionally antiseptics, hints of moist concrete and seawater. Then the purest of lemon notes, with a touch of oak spice and earthy peat within the background. Fairly flawless whisky with an awesome sense of Islay.
Mouth: fairly juicy and brilliant now. Lemons aplenty, with inexperienced apples and grilled lime. Mint leaves. Hints of Margaritas. Then again to grapefruit zest, salty notes and white pepper.
End: lengthy, smoky and salty, with extra lemons and reasonable tarry notes.
A pleasant lemon and mint combo, with medicinal notes. Exemplary Caol Ila, very pure however not too austere. Nonetheless obtainable from The Whisky Alternate.
Caol Ila 13 yo 2007 (57,8%, The Whisky Blues 2021, refill hogshead #320319, 160 btl.)
Nostril: undoubtedly rounder. Extra vanilla custard and yellow apple. On the identical time the lemon juice shifted in direction of lemon sweet. Almond notes, even marzipan. Within the background there’s nonetheless a touch of seashells, grassy notes and earthy smoke.
Mouth: now the brine is again with a vengeance. Very coastal and acetic, with a natural bitter edge as nicely. Ginger and ginseng. Then oysters, chilly ashes and grapefruit zest, minerals and pepper. Iodine sharpness alongside liquorice and gentian.
End: lengthy, with ashy notes, salt, citrus peels, earthy notes and spice.
Fairly a powerhouse, this one. Fierce flavours so this might not be for everybody, however I like the depth. The one half I perceive from this web page is that it’s nonetheless in inventory… And Google Translate tells me so many massive fishes swim within the clear water. True that. Rating: 87/100
Caol Ila 12 yo 2009 (56,3%, Whisky Sponge 2022, second fill sherry butt, 374 btl.)
Nostril: the sherry butt steers this in a special path. There’s a delicate trace of toffee and syrupy berries, in addition to some cough syrup and flippantly cured meats. Candy kecap. Nonetheless a saltiness coming by, with gentle tar and liquorice sweet.
Mouth: The tarry notes and salty liquorice are stronger now. There’s additionally smoked tea, briny kipper and a touch of natural potions. Smoked (and pickled) meats are within the background now. Citrus peels and hints of char too.
End: lengthy and natural, with a lightweight bitterness. Tobacco notes and a mustardy trace as nicely.
This can be a very exact sherry affect, definitely not overdone and quite on the dry facet. It provides complexity whereas being restrained sufficient to maintain the briny spirit within the highlight. Nonetheless obtainable from Decadent Drinks. Rating: 88/100
Caol Ila 10 yo 2012 (56,7%, Thompson Bros for Royal Mile Whiskies, dechar/rechar hogshead, 270 btl.)
Nostril: barely boosted by the recharring. Grilled lemons, smoked almonds and wooden smoke (quite than peat maybe). Refined yellow berries and bananas within the again. Somewhat menthol too, in addition to some creosote and sea breeze.
Mouth: salty notes with pepper and a brilliant lemony word. Vanilla biscuits, aniseed and bananas once more. There’s a pleasant sparkle to it. Sappy wooden and somewhat coconut as nicely. Barbecued lemons. Fairly easy – the energetic wooden brings alongside a sweetness that tends to overhaul the readability of the spirit.
End: fairly lengthy, with smoky notes, vanilla and almonds.
Added smoke, in addition to added sweetness. We’re undecided Caol Ila actually wants this type of remedy, however it’s an fascinating variation. Unique to Royal Mile Whiskies, however offered out. Rating: 86/100
Caol Ila 2010 (57%, Swell de Spirits 2022, Jamaican rum cask end, 360 btl.)
Nostril: good coal smoke with loads of maritime notes, pine needles and a barely floral edge. Burnt rosemary and light-weight metallic notes. Then additionally a citrus sweetness and antiseptics.
Mouth: the rum sweetness continues, however it’s not overdone. A whole lot of iodine and briny notes. It additionally develops a natural bitterness and lemon zest. A refined trace of lavender. Candied ginger. Seaweed and sharp peat within the background.
End: lengthy, mineral and smoky, nonetheless displaying natural notes and aniseed.
Up to now I’ve by no means been blown away by whisky matured in Jamaican rum casks – Hampden and the likes have a tendency so as to add austerity greater than something. This SdS launch doesn’t actually change my thoughts. Rating: 83/100
Caol Ila 7 yo 2014 (59,1%, The Whisky Alternate 2021, hogshead #311507, 251 btl.)
Nostril: quite full and meaty. Campfire smoke and steak on a smouldering barbecue. Some iodine and liquorice. Then traditional maritime notes, oak char, moist plaster and buttery notes. Pilsner too. Beneath there’s some inexperienced apple and pastry sweetness. A deviation from the crisp and crystal-clear profile we’ve come to count on from younger Caol Ila, however fascinating nonetheless.
Mouth: above-average peat ranges and medicinal notes for Caol Ila. That is fairly intense and highly effective. Then again it exhibits loads of depth too, with extra of those barbecue notes, deep wooden smoke and good hints of darkish chocolate. Then warming ginger and black peppercorns, burnt citrus peels, in addition to some vegetal hints. Ultimately some oaky grip.
End: lengthy, spicy, with pepper, lemon and a chalky word.
A heavier model of Caol Ila. One for the true peatheads, I’d say. Whereas I wasn’t the most important fan of the cumbersome nostril, it undoubtedly impresses on the palate. Nonetheless obtainable from The Whisky Alternate. Additionally as a 3 cl pattern when you like. Rating: 86/100